Scripps: Team Finds ‘Missing Evolutionary Link’ of a Widely Used Natural Drug Source

Scripps: Team Finds ‘Missing Evolutionary Link’ of a Widely Used Natural Drug Source

Scripps:  Team Finds ‘Missing Evolutionary Link’ of a Widely Used Natural Drug Source

A well-known family of natural compounds, called “terpenoids,” have a curious evolutionary origin. In particular, one question relevant to future drug discovery has puzzled scientists: exactly how does Nature make these molecules?

A study from scientists on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has now filled in a missing piece of the evolutionary puzzle, determining a previously unknown structure of a family of proteins that are key to making these compounds.

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